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Frenkie de Jong ‘practically ruled out’ of Barcelona’s trip to Rayo Vallecano

The midfielder has a hamstring problem

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Barcelona may have to cope without midfielder Frenkie de Jong for their next two games after the Netherlands international aggravated an injury during El Clasico.

The Dutchman reportedly had hamstring problems before the game but played anyway and (guess what?) has made the injury worse, according to Diario Sport.

The report reckons De Jong is “practically ruled out” of Wednesday’s trip to Rayo Vallecano in La Liga and is a “serious doubt” for the visit of Alaves next weekend.

De Jong started the game but put in a very subdued performance and was taken off in the 77th minute and replaced by Sergi Roberto.

There are also a few whispers that Ansu Fati was feeling some knee discomfort after the match, although those were played down by Ronald Koeman in his post-match presser.

De Jong’s absence does not come at a great time with Pedri still sidelined, although it’s possible the 18-year-old could be fit for Wednesday’s match.

There has also been speculation that Ousmane Dembele could be passed fit in time for Barca’s next game and could make his first appearance of the season.